Leaf Team

Our dedicated team members are here to provide support, compassion, and information to help you through your journey of grief and the celebration of your loved one’s life.

Leaf Cremation of Georgia

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Brookle Hicks Funeral Director | Leaf Arrangement Team brookle@leafcremation.com

Brookle was born in Marietta, Georgia to parents Clifford & Tammy Hicks.  She attended Sprayberry High School and shortly before graduating she turned her attention to the funeral service industry.  Brookle’s grandmother who she shared a close bond with passed away when Brookle was only 16 and her death led Brookle’s heart towards serving others in the funeral industry.

Upon graduating High School Brookle enrolled at Ogeechee Technical College’s Funeral Service Program.  She graduated from there in December of 2010 and after serving an apprenticeship obtained her funeral director and embalmer’s licenses in August of 2012.  In 2014 Brookle obtained her life insurance license in order to sell preneed insurance policies.  She is also certified as a crematory operator.  Before joining Leaf Brookle worked in the Marietta, Kennesaw and Acworth areas for over 13 years serving the community she grew up in. Brookle looks forward to continuing to serve families at Leaf.

She has been a life-long member at Piedmont Road Church of Christ in Marietta.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and she loves watching the Georgia Bulldogs play football.  Brookle is an animal lover and currently resides in Canton with her family and her dog Rawley.

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Bryan Guzman Leaf Arrangement Team Leader bryan@leafcremation.com

I have been with Leaf Cremation since 2016, and I am passionate about helping families honor their loved ones. I graduated from Kennesaw State University with a bachelors in Social Sciences. I enjoy my off time attending ATL United games, and spending time with my wife, family and friends. I am honored to be able to be a part of a great team here at Leaf, who take serving each family to a whole new level and serve with the utmost dignity, professionalism, respect, compassion and personalized service. We are here to help, however and whenever you need.

 

Certified Crematory Operator

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Jaime Guzman Leaf Arrangement Team jaime@leafcremation.com

Jaime Guzman attended Dalton State College. He has more than ten years of experience in customer service and interpreting for families. Assisting families coupled with a strong passion for serving his community with excellence has been a lifelong philosophy for Jaime. Working at Leaf Cremation gives the opportunity to do so in a profound way. He is actively involved in the youth ministry at his local church. He also enjoys spending time with his wife, family, and friends. He loves sports! Go Atlanta United!

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TL Ford Leaf Arrangement Team tlford@leafcremation.com

T.L. Ford attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Majored in Africana Studies. T.L. loves history and the impact is has on the world we live in today. T.L. played four years of Collegiate Football at his University, and has a heart for coaching and molding the youth for life outside of sports. In his time off, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf and watching sports.

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Jody Lee Crematory Operator

Jody Lee has spent the last three years specializing in cremations before coming to LEAF Cremation.

 

Certified Crematory Operator

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Pierce Dempsey Vice President of Operations & Marketing pierce@leafcremation.com

Pierce graduated with a degree in Entrepreneurship and Family Business May of 2019 from Auburn University.  He is the son of Clift Dempsey, owner of Leaf Cremation.  Pierce has a passion for serving families, and is trained as a certified crematory operator, cremation arranger, and cremation administrator. In his time off, Pierce enjoys playng golf and spending time at the beach where he and his wife Ashley got married in September of 2019.

 

Certified Crematory Operator

 

 

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Clift C. Dempsey, CCFE Owner & Founder

Clift C. Dempsey, CCFE is a third generation funeral professional having started his career at the young age of twenty years old selling cemetery arrangements for his family’s three cemeteries in Rome, Georgia. Mr. Dempsey quickly became involved in the professions state, regional and national associations learning more and more about the industry.

While working full time for his family’s business Mr. Dempsey graduated from Shorter College in 1993 receiving a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration. Mr. Dempsey went on and held numerous Board of Director positions with the Georgia Cemetery Association, Southern Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association and the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association. The first two associations Mr Dempsey is a Past President. Mr. Dempsey received his CCFE designation which means he is recognized by the ICCFA to be a Certified Cemetery and Funeral Executive for the contributions to his industry and to his community as well as the Quarter Century Award for his involvement in the funeral industry. Mr. Dempsey just graduated from the ICCFA University, an industry educational program in 2019.

In 2008 Mr Dempsey was appointed by Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to become the first Chairman of the State Board of Cemeterians. This board regulates over 216 perpetual care cemeteries for the State of Georgia and oversees all regulatory and legislative matters. In 2013, Dempsey opened Georgia Cremation Centers which was renamed Leaf Cremation to serve families all over the State of Georgia with a low cost alternative to funeral expenses and to provide the best possible service to families choosing cremation. Dempsey is opening a new Leaf Cremation Center in Columbus, Ohio and plans to continue the growth throughout the United States.

Mr. Dempsey is active in his local church being an ordained deacon and missions team leader. For over 11 years Mr. Dempsey has lead a mission team yearly to Sesheke, Zambia, Africa to help a church in this impoverished area of Africa. Mr. Dempsey earned his Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America and has been active in the scouting program his adult life. He is a graduate of the Adult Leadership Program of the Cartersville-Bartow Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Dempsey enjoys golf and spending time with his family.

Mr. Dempsey is married to Melanie and they have four children, Clifton, Pierce, Wyn and Mac, a grandson, Charlie and family pets, Sadie and Callie.

 

Certified Crematory Operator

Brookle Hicks

Funeral Director | Leaf Arrangement Team
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Brookle was born in Marietta, Georgia to parents Clifford & Tammy Hicks.  She attended Sprayberry High School and shortly before graduating she turned her attention to the funeral service industry.  Brookle’s grandmother who she shared a close bond with passed away when Brookle was only 16 and her death led Brookle’s heart towards serving others in the funeral industry.

Upon graduating High School Brookle enrolled at Ogeechee Technical College’s Funeral Service Program.  She graduated from there in December of 2010 and after serving an apprenticeship obtained her funeral director and embalmer’s licenses in August of 2012.  In 2014 Brookle obtained her life insurance license in order to sell preneed insurance policies.  She is also certified as a crematory operator.  Before joining Leaf Brookle worked in the Marietta, Kennesaw and Acworth areas for over 13 years serving the community she grew up in. Brookle looks forward to continuing to serve families at Leaf.

She has been a life-long member at Piedmont Road Church of Christ in Marietta.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and she loves watching the Georgia Bulldogs play football.  Brookle is an animal lover and currently resides in Canton with her family and her dog Rawley.

Bryan Guzman

Leaf Arrangement Team Leader
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I have been with Leaf Cremation since 2016, and I am passionate about helping families honor their loved ones. I graduated from Kennesaw State University with a bachelors in Social Sciences. I enjoy my off time attending ATL United games, and spending time with my wife, family and friends. I am honored to be able to be a part of a great team here at Leaf, who take serving each family to a whole new level and serve with the utmost dignity, professionalism, respect, compassion and personalized service. We are here to help, however and whenever you need.

 

Certified Crematory Operator

Jaime Guzman

Leaf Arrangement Team
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Jaime Guzman attended Dalton State College. He has more than ten years of experience in customer service and interpreting for families. Assisting families coupled with a strong passion for serving his community with excellence has been a lifelong philosophy for Jaime. Working at Leaf Cremation gives the opportunity to do so in a profound way. He is actively involved in the youth ministry at his local church. He also enjoys spending time with his wife, family, and friends. He loves sports! Go Atlanta United!

TL Ford

Leaf Arrangement Team
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T.L. Ford attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Majored in Africana Studies. T.L. loves history and the impact is has on the world we live in today. T.L. played four years of Collegiate Football at his University, and has a heart for coaching and molding the youth for life outside of sports. In his time off, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf and watching sports.

Jody Lee

Crematory Operator
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Jody Lee has spent the last three years specializing in cremations before coming to LEAF Cremation.

 

Certified Crematory Operator

Pierce Dempsey

Vice President of Operations & Marketing
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Pierce graduated with a degree in Entrepreneurship and Family Business May of 2019 from Auburn University.  He is the son of Clift Dempsey, owner of Leaf Cremation.  Pierce has a passion for serving families, and is trained as a certified crematory operator, cremation arranger, and cremation administrator. In his time off, Pierce enjoys playng golf and spending time at the beach where he and his wife Ashley got married in September of 2019.

 

Certified Crematory Operator

 

 

Clift C. Dempsey, CCFE

Owner & Founder
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Clift C. Dempsey, CCFE is a third generation funeral professional having started his career at the young age of twenty years old selling cemetery arrangements for his family’s three cemeteries in Rome, Georgia. Mr. Dempsey quickly became involved in the professions state, regional and national associations learning more and more about the industry.

While working full time for his family’s business Mr. Dempsey graduated from Shorter College in 1993 receiving a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration. Mr. Dempsey went on and held numerous Board of Director positions with the Georgia Cemetery Association, Southern Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association and the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association. The first two associations Mr Dempsey is a Past President. Mr. Dempsey received his CCFE designation which means he is recognized by the ICCFA to be a Certified Cemetery and Funeral Executive for the contributions to his industry and to his community as well as the Quarter Century Award for his involvement in the funeral industry. Mr. Dempsey just graduated from the ICCFA University, an industry educational program in 2019.

In 2008 Mr Dempsey was appointed by Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to become the first Chairman of the State Board of Cemeterians. This board regulates over 216 perpetual care cemeteries for the State of Georgia and oversees all regulatory and legislative matters. In 2013, Dempsey opened Georgia Cremation Centers which was renamed Leaf Cremation to serve families all over the State of Georgia with a low cost alternative to funeral expenses and to provide the best possible service to families choosing cremation. Dempsey is opening a new Leaf Cremation Center in Columbus, Ohio and plans to continue the growth throughout the United States.

Mr. Dempsey is active in his local church being an ordained deacon and missions team leader. For over 11 years Mr. Dempsey has lead a mission team yearly to Sesheke, Zambia, Africa to help a church in this impoverished area of Africa. Mr. Dempsey earned his Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America and has been active in the scouting program his adult life. He is a graduate of the Adult Leadership Program of the Cartersville-Bartow Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Dempsey enjoys golf and spending time with his family.

Mr. Dempsey is married to Melanie and they have four children, Clifton, Pierce, Wyn and Mac, a grandson, Charlie and family pets, Sadie and Callie.

 

Certified Crematory Operator